Aerospace Systems Design and Simulation

Why aerospace systems design & analysis?

Modern aerospace systems are becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, while still being expected to meet stringent performance, reliability, and safety requirements. Examples include commercial aircraft, UAVs, transportation systems, and supply chains. We rely on these systems for common everyday tasks, in addition to missions of national and global importance.

Designing such complex systems requires a holistic approach, starting from conceptual design through mission design, operations analysis, and sustainment. This process is supported by multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, implementing rigorous systems engineering principles and analytical methods.

What is going on in aerospace systems research at Illinois?

Aerospace systems research at Illinois focuses on designing and analyzing complex systems, using a combination of theoretical, computational, and experimental techniques. These methods come from many disciplines, such as aerodynamics, propulsion, optimization, controls, simulation, network theory, and data-driven modeling.

Research projects include modeling of hybrid-electric aircraft, mission analysis of novel aircraft technologies, UAVs, robotic swarms, airfoil design for offshore wind energy, multi-modal transportation system resilience, and analysis of supply chain interdependencies. Research sponsors include governmental agencies and various industry partners. Research is conducted by faculty members, numerous graduate students, undergraduate students, and visiting scholars.

Who are the Faculty members in this area?

  • Phillip J Ansell - Applied aerodynamics, flight mechanics, flow control, unsteady aerodynamics, unsteady flows, wake and shear flows, experimental aerodynamics, flow control, aircraft design, aircraft performance, aerodynamic measurement technology

  • R. L. Burton (Professor Emeritus) - Electric and advanced chemical rocket propulsion, space exploration, hypersonic flows, hypervelocity accelerators

  • V. L. Coverstone - Space mission design, optimal spacecraft trajectories

  • Steven D'Urso-

  • Grace Gao- Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS); positioning, navigation and timing; robotics; autonomy; systems, signals, and control

  • Koki Ho - Space mission design, multidisciplinary design and optimization, Cubesats/small satellites, operations research, systems engineering

  • Zachary Putnam- Space systems design; space guidance, navigation, and control; entry, descent, and landing systems; planetary exploration; systems engineering; mission design, hypersonic and space systems design, cube-sat projects

  • M. S. Selig - Applied computational and experimental aerodynamics; airfoil design and analysis; aircraft design, performance, stability, and control; flight simulation; wind energy

  • Huy Tong Tran- Systems design and engineering; system-of-systems; resilient systems; network science; machine learning

Courses in the Area

  • AE 419: Aircraft Flight Mechanics
  • AE 433: Aerospace Propulsion
  • AE 435: Electric Propulsion
  • AE 442: Aerospace Systems Design I
  • AE 443: Aerospace Systems Design II
  • AE 482: Introduction to Robotics
  • AE 483: UAV Navigation and Control
  • AE 498: Computational Methods for SE
  • AE 504: Optimal Aerospace Systems
  • AE 542: Aerospace Systems Engineering I
  • AE 543: Aerospace Systems Engineering II
  • IE 513: Optimal System Design